Data protection in the Test Bed Lower Saxony

Data protection declaration

The German Aerospace Centre (hereinafter referred to as "DLR") takes the protection of your personal data, which you provide to us in your capacity as a data subject (m/f/d) of the project "Test Bed Lower Saxony for automated and connected mobility", very seriously.

We would like to inform you about which personal data we process as part of the project "Test Field Lower Saxony for Automated and Networked Mobility", for how long and for what purposes we do this and provide you with further information required by data protection law.

In accordance with the GDPR and the BDSG, we use the terms defined therein. The definitions can be viewed on the Internet, for the GDPR at and for the BDSG at

1. Name and address of the responsible body

The responsible body as defined by the GDPR is:
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute of Transportation Systems
Lilienthalplatz 7
38108 Braunschweig

2. Name and address of the Data Protection Officer

German Aerospace Center (DLR)
The DLR Data Protection Officer
Linder Höhe
51147 Köln
E-Mail: datenschutz[at]

3. Purpose of the data processing

The purpose of data processing is scientific research.

4. Legal basis for the data processing

The legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR. Important note; subject to the exceptions to the rights under Articles 15, 16, 18 and 21, the legal basis is Art. 89 (2) GDPR (scientific research). See point 8.

5. Data categories


Data variant 1:

Anonymised data from road users (m/f/d) in the form of trajectories:

The camera systems temporarily record personal image data and other sensors record non-personal sensor data from traffic or road users (m/f/d).

The collected image and sensor data is automatically stored in a volatile working memory (cache) for approx. 350 ms and extracted into anonymised scientific vector data by means of real-time processing (algorithm). This vector data only contains information about the trajectories.

Data variant 2:

Validation of scientific research data:

To validate the scientific research data and the algorithm, recordings are made of the traffic and road users (m/f/d) on the motorway. This video data is deliberately stored at such a low resolution that neither faces nor licence plates are clearly recognisable. The video data is deleted as soon as the purpose of the processing no longer applies.

Data variant 3:

System calibration, maintenance, repair and quality assurance:

To ensure error-free operation of the scientific cameras, we have to calibrate them sporadically and regularly maintain the hardware. For this purpose, high-resolution image data is stored by the DLR scientific administration. The image data is deleted as soon as the purpose of processing no longer applies.

6. Receiver/third parties

Data processing in the research institution

In the context of research projects, it may be necessary for us to transfer your personal data (see 5. Data categories) to the DLR institute responsible for analysing the respective experiment.

External bodies involved in research

In order to achieve the planned research results, it may be necessary for us to transfer your personal data (see 5. Data categories) to other parties outside DLR that are involved in the research. These parties are regularly bound to secrecy and confidentiality when handling your personal data. If, in the context of this outsourcing of research to external bodies outside DLR, there is an order processing, a contract corresponding to the requirements of Art. 28 GDPR is concluded and thus an appropriate level of data protection is guaranteed.

External service providers

Our external service providers who carry out data processing on our behalf are contractually obliged within the meaning of Art. 28 GDPR or a cooperation agreement to treat personal data in accordance with the applicable regulations. Insofar as the external service providers process your personal data (see 5. Data categories), we have taken legal, technical and organisational measures and carried out regular checks to ensure that they comply with the provisions of the data protection laws.

7. Storage

The personal data (see 5. Data categories) are stored on an internal, secure DLR server, which is managed by a central, certified DLR provider.

8. Deletion

The personal data (see 5. Data categories) of the data subject will be deleted immediately as soon as the purpose of the processing no longer applies. Data may also be stored if this has been provided for by the European or national legislator in EU regulations, laws or other provisions to which the controller is subject.

9. Your rights with respect to your personal data

If your personal data (see 5. Data categories) are processed, you are a data subject within the meaning of the GDPR and you have the following rights vis-à-vis the controller in accordance with the provisions set out below:
(1) In accordance with Art. 15 GDPR, you can request information about the personal data processed by us. In particular, you can request information about the processing purposes, the category of personal data, the categories of recipients to whom your personal data has been or will be disclosed, the planned storage period and the existence of the rights explained in this section 4 and 6.
(2) In accordance with Art. 16 GDPR, you can request the immediate correction of incorrect or incomplete personal data stored by us.
(3) In accordance with Art. 17 GDPR, you can request the deletion of your personal data stored by us, unless the processing is necessary for reasons specified by law, in particular to exercise the right to freedom of expression and information, to fulfil a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the assertion, exercise or even potential defence of legal claims.
(4) In accordance with Art. 18 GDPR, you may request the restriction of the processing of your personal data if you dispute its accuracy, if the processing is unlawful but you refuse to delete it and we no longer need the personal data, but you need it for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims or if you have lodged an objection to the processing in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR.
(5) In accordance with Art. 20 GDPR, you may receive your personal data that you have provided to us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or request that it be transferred to another controller.
(6) In accordance with Art. 7 Para. 3 GDPR, you can revoke your data protection consent at any time. As a result, we may no longer continue the data processing that was based on this consent in the future.
(7)  Right to object in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR
If personal data is processed on the basis of legitimate interests in accordance with Art. 6 (1) (f) of the GDPR, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data in accordance with Art. 21 of the GDPR, provided that there are reasons for this arising from your particular situation or the objection is directed against direct advertising. In the latter case, you have a general right to object, which will be implemented by us without specifying a particular situation, unless the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest, Art. 21 para. 6 of the GDPR
(8) In accordance with Art. 77 GDPR, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. As a rule, the supervisory authority of your usual place of residence or workplace or the registered office of the controller is available for this purpose.
To exercise these rights, please contact the office specified in section 2.


Are personal data stored?


Are personal video data processed?

Yes, the cameras capture all moving objects which move through their field of view. This information is processed in real time (milliseconds) via automated processes, anonymised, and the high-resolution video data is deleted directly.

What is stored?

Movement paths of the anonymised objects or video data (black-and-white) with low resolution, without number plates, colour or faces.

For what purpose are the data processed?

For scientific research.

Is there a creation of personalised driving profiles?


Is the test bed used to punish speeding?


Are number plates stored?